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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Mississippi

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Illegal Alien Sentenced to 262 Months in Federal Prison for Drug Conspiracy


Jackson, Miss. – Jose Christian Nunez-Belemontes, 33, an illegal alien from Mexico living in Jackson, was sentenced yesterday by Senior U.S. District Judge William H. Barbour, Jr., to 262 months in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst.

Nunez-Belemontes was charged after a lengthy investigation into a drug trafficking organization operating in Jackson. As part of the investigation, agents were able to link $105,108 in U.S. Currency and three kilograms of cocaine to the defendant. Agents also seized approximately $192,000, a money counter, and more than 400 grams of cocaine from the defendant’s residence.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, with assistance from: the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office; the Ridgeland Police Department; the Jackson Police Department; the U.S. Marshals Service; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Mississippi Highway Patrol; the Madison County Sheriff’s Office; the Brandon Police Department; the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office; the Mississippi Department of Corrections; the Pearl Police Department; the Flowood Police Department; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; and the Drug Enforcement Administration - Houston Field Division.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher L. Wansley.

Updated January 24, 2018